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Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) - Deschutes Brewery

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Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve)Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve)

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743 Ratings
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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.43%
Wants: 65
Gots: 349 | FT: 45
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Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Malt Beverage brewed with dates, figs and cocoa nibs with 50% being aged in bourbon barrels and 12.5% with black currant added.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 07-02-2013)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

02-21-2014 05:30:27 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to OrpheusLA for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Best after 6/10/14.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, fig, date, and slight bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but only really shows a slight barrel aged presence in the smell in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 19:39:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.3%

09-20-2013 02:18:53 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

08-05-2013 16:18:39 | More by Thorpe429
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -6.3%

09-20-2013 01:58:39 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

08-25-2013 15:52:49 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

08-25-2013 19:32:27 | More by Texasfan549
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

08-03-2013 20:27:27 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

10-06-2013 19:00:45 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Iam drinking this during wich has to be the WORST officiated game in the history of BIG10 football. Pours a dark chocolate brown with a thick beige head atop.Aromas of sweet brown sugar and roasted nuts,a bit of chocolate and sweet alcohol is there as well.Smooth with sweet alcohol flavors wich lean in the direction of chocolate and boozy vanilla,some nuttiness and sweet dark fruit finish the flavor profile.I like this beer alot.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 01:26:20 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -18%

09-07-2013 20:47:43 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

After his brother didn't come through for us earlier, I snagged a bottle of this for the gathering before VDubb's wedding. 'Twas only fitting. It pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger or so of khaki foam. The nose comprises coffee, roasted malts, and a touch of char. The taste brings in more of the same, with the coffee and roast really leading the way and showing the world how cooperation is done. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a thick-ish feel, and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a solid, tasty beer, in the vein of former vintages, but somehow this one just seems kinda plain in comparison. I can't put my finger on it, but it just doesn't seem as "transcendent" as in the past. Still really good, though...

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 23:52:28 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

07-26-2013 02:04:14 | More by zeff80
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

07-12-2013 03:35:55 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz black wax sealed bottle. Thanks once again to doktorzee for bringing this back for me. I remember having the XXIII a couple years ago while shutting down the patio in Bend, so I didn't get to read the underside of the cap - this one says 'Bravely done' - does that refer to opening this without getting any wax chips in the mix?

This beer pours a mostly solid black, with significant basal cola highlights, and three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some decently macabre, roiling storm cloud lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of bittersweet chocolate, charred ash, complex dark fruit - cherry, plum, and yes, black currants - a bit of juicy fig, heavy caramel/toffee malt, vanilla, molasses, indistinct Yuletide spice, a soft whack over the olfactory senses of straight-up boozy Bourbon, and a dry weedy, burnt leaf hoppiness. The taste is again led-off by the chocolate, rendered here in its dry, powdery bakery form, followed closely by relatively subtle barrel notes - vanilla, wooden planks, and warming alcohol - treacle, mixed black fruit from hell - concentrated plum, currant, and cherry - a sidling ashiness, some soft roasted coffee notes, and a lilting Bourbon warmth.

The bubbles are just strong enough to support this groaning behemoth, the body a hefty medium-heavy weight, silky smooth, and tacitly creamy. It finishes on the sweet side, all that cocoa, dark fruit, and wood-abetted alcohol hardly capable of anything contrary.

Another (like it's a bad thing) stellar birthday brew from this sexy, sexy brewery. With all the complexity and pedantry with the guest ingredients and their role in the brewing process, everything is just evened out in the wash - which is to say, a big fruit-tinged, chocolate-fronted strong-ass porter, thick enough to keep your car's engine from seizing up, yet clean enough to keep treating as the gift from the beverage gods that it is.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 00:52:18 | More by biboergosum
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largadeer

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

08-09-2013 07:31:29 | More by largadeer
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Paddy Long's. Served in a tulip.

A - Tan foam settles to a cap, thicker collar, and sheets of lace. Black body, with hints of brown at the edges of the glass.

S - This year's vintage definitely shows the increased barrel-aging percentage; more oak and bourbon than before for sure. Dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, roasted malts, anise. Low sweetness here, and somewhat understated at first.

T - The taste is fairly similar, but there's a bit more dark fruit, date, and fig sweetness, particularly as the beer warms up. Otherwise, a similar mix of char, roast, oak, anise, and lighter bourbon presence. There's a light tart note in the aftertaste, although I'm not sure I would have picked up on this if I hadn't known part of the batch was soured.

M - Chewy, medium-full body, with a soft texture, and light melted chocolate and oak tannins in the finish. No real alcohol presence here, which is impressive for 11.3%.

D - Solid brew, and I like the amped up barrel contribution in this year's batch. Might pick up a bottle for the cellar, as a bit of age might impart some balancing sweetness, but otherwise pretty mellow out of the gate. Glad Deschutes is available in Chicago these days in any case.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2013 02:17:22 | More by MasterSki
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.3%

12-17-2013 06:47:27 | More by WVbeergeek
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours mahogany with 2 fingers tan head. Super lacing & head retention

S: Cococa & coffee, plus raisins; a modicum of Bourbon

T: Carob, coffee, molasses, boozey raisin & a bit of smokeyness. Raisins, black currants, carob & oakyness as this warms, some vanilla notes & just a kiss of caramel, some charcoal & dark chocolate as well. Finishes fruity (raisins & figs mostly), dry with carob & a whisper of leafy hops, plus subdued smokeyness, lovely Bourbon notes as well

MF: Chewy with slight carbonation & a bit of slickness as this warms. Carbonation picks up a bit as it warms, also picks up some stickyness

Easy to drink, will probably get better with age, but drinking damn fine right now. Another winner from Deschutes, give this all day, tons better that collab they did with Great Lakes, I thought was better than last years, which was no slouch...

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 21:51:49 | More by russpowell
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

07-28-2013 22:53:22 | More by SocalKicks
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-26-2014 00:39:27 | More by Rifugium
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mdfb79

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

01-02-2014 20:41:07 | More by mdfb79
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mactrail

Washington

4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a nice surprise on tap for the "Come taste the darkness" Fifth Anniversary of the Empire Ale House in Mt. Vernon, Washington. For four bucks the topped-off half pint, was there ever such a bargain?

To say this is big and boozy just scratches the surface. The layers of flavor are quite remarkable. Even the layers of darkness reveal more blackened and scorched sensations as you sip, carefully. Zingy, tangy, mouthfeel. A roast-a-rama of barley flavors. Browned and woody tastes plus some boozy splashes off the top shelf behind the bar.

The currant flavor is a little crazy with acidity, and at the same time there is some sweet berry syrup as in IHOP pancake ooze. But that is just a passing cloud, and then the Scotch whisky flavor takes over the waves of sweet malt. The slightest whiff of sourness even floats in. A stupendous giant beer and whatever they want for a bottle, it's probably worth it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2013 02:54:11 | More by mactrail
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -6.3%

07-26-2013 10:37:19 | More by zestar
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.3%

11-24-2013 23:53:32 | More by XmnwildX12
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Black Butte XXV (25th Birthday Reserve) from Deschutes Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.